Don't Be Cruel / Hound Dog 

Modified: May 20, 2018

         Release: RCA Victor 20-6604 Don't Be Cruel / Hound Dog (78)
              Artist: Elvis Presley
Release Date: 7/13/1956

20 6604 side1 v1 small Dont Be Cruel / Hound Dog (Elvis Presley)20 6604 side2 v1 small Dont Be Cruel / Hound Dog (Elvis Presley)

Disc: (7/1956). Black label, dog on top. New Orthophonic on left side. Catalog number on right side.1
Matrix numbers: G2WB-5936-5S / G2WB-5935-?S

20 6604 side2 var small Dont Be Cruel / Hound Dog (Elvis Presley)20 6604 side1 var small Dont Be Cruel / Hound Dog (Elvis Presley)

Disc: (7/1956). Black label, dog on top. New Orthophonic on right side. Catalog number on left side. No "New Orthophonic" High Fidelity statement on the right.2
Matrix numbers: G2WB-5936-4S / G2WB-5935-1S (machine stamped) (unknown pressing)
Matrix numbers: G2WB-5936-?S / G2WB-5935-2S (machine stamped) (unknown pressing)3

20 6604 side2 v2 small Dont Be Cruel / Hound Dog (Elvis Presley)20 6604 side1 v2 small Dont Be Cruel / Hound Dog (Elvis Presley)20 6604 side1 i small Dont Be Cruel / Hound Dog (Elvis Presley)20 6604 side2 i small Dont Be Cruel / Hound Dog (Elvis Presley)

Disc: (7/1956). Black label, dog on top. New Orthophonic on right side. Catalog number on left side. With "New Orthophonic" High Fidelity statement on the right. Examples of spacing variations.[15
Matrix numbers: G2WB-5936-1S / G2WB-5935-?S (machine stamped) (Indianapolis pressing)
Matrix numbers: G2 WB 5936-3S / G2 WB5935-1S 5 (machine stamped) (Indianapolis pressing)6

Released in 1956 by RCA Records on 45 RPM as Don't Be Cruel / Hound Dog.
Re-released by RCA Records on 45 RPM as Hound Dog / Don't Be Cruel on the Gold Standard Series label.

  1. Images courtesy of Boija, John. "First pressings of US Elvis Presley 78 rpm singles." John Boija's Home Page. 3 February 2011.
  2. Images from a collection of Internet images dating back to 1998.
  3. eBay reference 230636205568 (June 21, 2011) and 120740753855 (June 21, 2011)
  4. Images courtesy of Boija, John. "First pressings of US Elvis Presley 78 rpm singles." John Boija's Home Page. 3 February 2011.
  5. Images from the collection of Christian (of France).
  6. Matrix numbers from the collection of Christian (of France).